A's starter Bartolo Colon took a while to get settled in, allowing the Tigers' first three batters to reach base before getting Prince Fielder to ground into a double play. Austin Jackson led off the game with a double and scored on Miguel Cabrera's RBI single, which came after Colon hit Torii Hunter with a pitch. Hunter was the first batter Colon plunked since May 20, 2012.
Colon recovered in the second inning, setting the Tigers down in order. Detroit starter Max Scherzer had no trouble with Oakland's bats until Yoenis Cespedes tripled with one out in the second. MLB's wins leader during the regular season bore down and retired Josh Reddick and Stephen Vogt to end the scoring threat.